This book was a required read for my 6th graders and there was some rumblings from other parents about it. Thus I decided to read the book and make my own opinion and determination for my son. IT IS A MUST READ FOR ADULTS AND YOUNG ADULTS! I believe we all need to read books about other cultures to better understand world cultures and how our world here in America differs from those aboard. In addition, understand the courage Iqbal had to endure and to never give up on finding freedom (for him and others like him). What a great message for our kids to learn - courage to stand up for what is right and understanding other cultures outside of the U.S.
This is an excellent book for children ages 10-12. I bought this book in hopes of reading it to my 4th grade English students, but the school at which I work in the Middle East has too many unfortunate restrictions on course materials. However, if I were teaching in the US, I would not hesitate to read this book to my students or to recommend it for their reading list. This well-written book provides children with an opportunity to consider childhood struggles and children's abilities not only to triumph over those struggles, but to also make the world a better place for other children.
My daughter had this as summer reading. She read it enthusiastically and really enjoyed it. The story is a fictionalized account of a real child and his struggles to free children from slave labor. It is well written and appropriate for kids 9 or above.
Iqbal is a fictionalized account of the real child, Iqbal, who escaped slavery in Pakistan and then went back to rescue hundreds more children just like himself. A young girl, Fatima, tells the story of how Iqbal gave her hope in the darkest place she had ever known.
I homeschool my 7th-grader, and I assigned this book to him for history class. My son was captivated by the main character of this book who is willing to sacrifice anything in order to be free. This book provided my son with invaluable insight into the lives of child laborers in underdeveloped parts of the world. No textbook could have accomplished the same. My son and I highly recommend this book to others.
A fictional account based on the true story of a bonded servant (read: slave) boy in Pakistan. I’ve read this to my students in America and abroad and they are fascinated/ dismayed/ informed about how different the lives of many children around the world are. Excellent choice for read aloud.
clean book in good shape and quickly delivered. only problem was with website promotion that "included" itself in my order causing me to pay for two and receive two books when i only wanted or needed one. i'll add them to my classroom library. heartwarming story of perseverance and short lived triumph that lends credence to the saying that "silence is compliance" I cried.
I used this as a read-aloud in my 6th grade class. The kids were riveted - such a moving and appropriate book to address the big issues of child labor and exploitation in a way that is accessible to elementary students. Wonderful book!